A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives. Exclusive breastfeeding did not work as a form of birth control for me! So regardless of what God you believe, I thank them for giving us so many options to postpone or prevent a potentially harmful situation. When I was young and dumb, very young (23) and very dumb, I submitted to the opinions of my late husband, without listening to my inner voice, & had my tube tied after the birth of my second child. If you’re hoping to avoid pregnancy, avoid sex during your entire extended fertile window for best protection. And the king of all fertility symptom monitoring is the OvuCue. I’m not trying to be mean or negative just saying how I feel. The most popular form of birth control is oral contraception or “The Pill.” Approved for contraceptive use in the U.S. in 1960, it’s currently used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in this country. Natural family planning (NFP) Natural family planning can take a bit of time to master, but can be … We are currently trying to avoid pregnancy (another 9 months to go!) We checked using a home sperm count test before relying on it, and then stopped taking them once we were ready to try for another baby. Generally, an egg lives for about a day after ovulation while sperm can live inside the female body for about six days so you’re looking at a 7-8 day window of fertility per month. I would also like to share that my parents successfully used the Sympto Thermal method to limit their family to 3. We have done this in the past. Studies show increased risk of autoimmune disease after vasectomy. I love so much of what you do, Genevieve, and I have learned so much from you over the years. As a nurse midwife (and “natural mama”, whatever that means) I recognize that there are many different options for different women. Thank you for sharing your perspective. We have practiced attachment parenting and extended breastfeeding… my 3 yo is still nursing like the dickens. The burning of the uterus is called an ablation, which is used to stop heavy periods. No one should be leaving their diaphragms or cervical caps in for more than 24 hours. More details on how to use this method are described below. Just wanted to add a major side effect of the pill I was on…not mentioning specific brand. Ladies be aware when taking birth control loaded with excess estrogen. Examples: The Pill’s back-up method and the IUD ruin the lining where a FERTILIZED egg would implant, so that it can’t implant. that thing is THE DEVIL. This is basically the method described above for tracking fertility days. I have to many disorders to name. I understand why many natural mamas would be against any sort of long term medication that controls hormones, but for me, my hormones are more balanced this way and it has been great for me and my family. ONE fudging of the rules (I can literally tell you the exact date 4 years ago now). Keep in mind that most are made with a harmful ingredient, nonoxynol-9. It is very unfortunate that there isn’t a permanent solution to birth control, and one that doesn’t ruin the female body nor the males . I have followed you, your family, and your videos for quite some time now. I got Nexplanon, but it made my period last for about 3 weeks, and then I had nonstop spotting. These things had TERRIBLE side effects and I became really uniquely aware of them quite early on. Control your own body or be a pauper with 8+ kids feeding off the system like people did for so many years. My husband and I just had our second child before this we had 2 confirmed miscarriages due to the nexplanon implant the first while the implant was in. I think women a pushed into thinking that they HAVE to use a hormonal birth control because they can’t possibly learn and read their own bodies, atleast I was made to feel that way. Instead, the sperm are absorbed by the body rather than being ejaculated. Problem is… when you decide to go off of it, your body will take time to recover and can cause major havoc until it finally normalizes. This is something that happens quite frequently but is never talked about! Can someone help with this question though? You’re approaching menopause or in peri-menopause. A couple midwives I knew had it and recommended it to me. Please add this to your article! Overall, these methods take preparation and willingness to wait and learn. It worked for me and my hubby for a while, but now we are expecting our first next month. An ablation is NOT intended to be used for birth control. No waking at the Same time every day, no worrying about middle of the night wake ups – it’s awesome! -Abby Deliz. I’ve charted through it for years and it’s done phenomenally for me. Of course everyone has a different experience but it was terrible, I waited 6 months to see if it would get better but then got it our because I couldn’t deal with it! In terms of latex, some chemicals are added during the manufacturing process to speed up drying. No more periods and no more babies. Many people use the pill not just for birth control but to get better and not die. Changed your health insurance and the new policy do not cover hormonal methods. I lived on the bathroom floor. Thanks again! Never again will I ever trust medical birth control. I wanted to share a great natural spermicide. Was your pill estrogen free? Most would think this is not a bad thing. I DO NOT recommend it to anyone. One of Michael’s friends has some adverse effects after getting a vasectomy. This method is also coupled with NaproTechnology, in which medical professionals can help women deal with many gynocological issues (endometriosis, painful periods, PCOD, fibroids, irregular bleeding, infertility etc.) It did cause my 2nd surgery…..so now I really need to be careful and not get pregnant for awhile. ), pull out, or spills and thrills, this is when the man pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. I really want something that doesn’t mess with my hormones but I don’t know who I can trust.thanks, They’ve made a hypoallergenic one without lavender now, I’ve been using SWC since having my second child. It was a beast to put together so glad you like it. My numb lock wasn’t on **every 15 mins. This Dr. Axe content is medically reviewed or fact checked to ensure factually accurate information. I came to this page for facts, not opinions. When it comes to the IUD it can also be good for people, it didn’t work for me but just because it doesn’t work for one person doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for someone else. She has a version for teens that I wish I’d had decades ago when I was that age. We found them safe and satisfying. I was recently talking with a friend about vasectomies & she had read some information stating that there is a correlation between vasectomies and increased risk of auto-immune diseases! Be careful when trusting breast-feeding to keep you in fertile. We wanted a more permanent solution to not having another baby. When you get up, immediately reach for thermometer and take temperature either orally or under arm pit. Thanks for this post Genevieve! I know that a part of me will grieve indefinitely as childbearing is a tremendous honor and gift. 6. Although western medicine denies such a condition exists, I know too many people who experienced this to agree. As for the article, you mention that NFP methods “are recommended for women who have pretty consistent cycles and are generally healthy”. This article was very biased. We’re as fertile as rabbits to boot. I learned a lot too! The natural birth control methods above help pinpoint these days. In this practice, it’s recommended that you chart your menstrual cycle for at least 6 months, if not 12, to become very familiar with its “rhythm” before you implement these forms of natural birth control. The Rhythm method pretty much can be summed up as “The Unhappy Compromise”. Overall, evidence suggests that calendar/rhythm methods work about 75 to 87 percent of the time, but that’s not a risk some couples are willing to take. I’m only 27. My moods are amazing – I’m just in general a more plesant person. Therefore, many feel it does not do justice to the nature and practice of FAM or NFP (also called by other names like the Sympto-Thermal Method, the Ovulation Method, and the Billings Method. It covers how to become pregnant as well as it covers how not to. However, I was surprised to see that under the sterilization or tubes tied section stating that its 100% effective. Birth control is the most commonly used drug in the world, with over 100 million women currently taking “the pill” and millions of women using alternative methods such as “the patch,” injectables, and implants. I was using a combination of NFP techniques and due to my low basal body temperature, I was unable to track any noticeable changes. (4). And if you think of it, the price can be cheaper than the other methods over the long-term. We do use the withdraw method on red days but we are willing to take that increased risk. It sounds like your body experienced one or more ovulation *attempts* before ovulation finally occurred, but my understanding is that it actually isn’t scientifically/biologically possible to ovulate more than once per month. Pregnancy (while normally a normal process) actually poses much greater risk to the average woman’s health than any birth control pill because estrogen and progesterone levels are MUCH higher during pregnancy than when any woman is on BC. Extremely well put together. We all make our own natural-living choices and should be comfortable with them. How Food Technology Could Change What’s On Your Plate, High Blood Pressure Symptoms You Can Reverse Naturally, Probiotics for Vaginal Health? I did, and had no side effects after that. Creighton allows you to work with a trained physician who can help you through the symptoms of withdrawing from other hormonal methods; Marquette instructors are required to be healthcare professionals as well, so they know a lot about hormones and cycles. Love the FemCap! A return to the tacky, cloudy mucus or no discharge means that ovulation has passed. I’ve been on the Copper IUD for 6 months and realized throughout the summer that I no longer had night vision. . Natural method seems okay if combined with condoms on the fertile days as not keen on 10 days with no sex tbh. However, sometimes they are not used properly, which lowers their effectiveness (the same can be said for female condoms). This is something that deep down inside of each of us KNOW is wrong. New oral contraceptive, Qlaira® is being marketed as “body-identical” but a closer look proves otherwise.. The system of NFP was developed by scientists not any church. During ovulation and our fertility time, however, our cervixes become higher and softer (think the softness of lips) than normal. I would recommend looking into the Creighton Sympto-Thermal Method and Naprotechnology, or the Marquette Method. I have known and heard of many people who had several children.. (eg: 5, 7, even 10!) ; Examples of natural methods of birth control include Additionally, the lambskin condom comes “lubricated,” and I couldn’t confirm what ingredients are used. Their responses looked like this. happen with the usual spermicide. Honestly, the burning/warming feeling was reassuring at first, because at least I knew it was getting in there! What method did use? I got a reversal done 7 years later with one tube repaired for $$6200 including hotel shuttle meds hospital dr the whole package. It’s her blog, and MANY truly natural mamas love her input and opinion. I have since had three more children I have ebf and my periods were not normal even by two years. There are doctors out there who are educated in NaproTechnology which uses the woman’s charting of her cycles along with other techonologies to help find the root of the problem and a way to fix it without the house of the birth control pill. Being afraid is not a reason to avoid children, being afraid is a reason to be courageous, and God wants you to be a brave soul. The other two latex-free options are synthetic condoms made of polyurethane, which is “a synthetic resin in which the polymer units are linked by urethane groups, used chiefly as constituents of paints, varnishes, adhesives, and foams.” Or a smoother and softer condom made of polyisoprene, which is synthetic version of latex which doesn’t produce an allergic reaction. I know a very fertile couple that have used with great success. Have you noticed this occurring for you or any other mamas out there? In a perfect world, I would love to have a large family. Rising in popularity with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, condoms are an inexpensive option that can help prevent sexually transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy. It uses the Clear Blue Easy monitor and looks at hormonal levels in urine. I’ve lost nearly 30lbs with exercise and diet (before I was eating super clean and exercising 3-5 times a week…with zero losses.). Every Thursday I send an email with three quick tips to brighten your day and help you and your family lead a more natural life. New hubby and I use NFP. I’m 50 years old and I had the 10-year Paraguard (copper IUD with no hormones) put in ten years ago. While I myself do have some moral issues with barrier methods of BC, I also have severe depression and anxiety issues. For NFP, I highly recommend the Lady Comp device. Hi! I’m not a fan of spermicides in general for several reasons. I am still breastfeeding (only a tiny bit), but have been using it since my daughter was 8 months old. : I had looked into a new app: “natural cycles” but it ‘learns’ your cycle after entering your info for so many months..this means it works after so many menstrual cycles. A very effective version of NFP for your consideration is the Marquette Model: http://nfp.marquette.edu. Lucy Mills, I don’t know if vasectomy is worth it. These are general guidelines and every woman is different that’s why it’s so important to know your own cycles well when practicing this method. A wonderful natural alternative! Finally, an honest discussion about various birth control methods!! With Lo Lo Estrin I didn’t have my period, but maybe once a year. Nexplanon is a progesterone only medicine, and I notice more problems when I take POPs versus combo pills, so I think this is why Nexplanon caused problems with my period. It has been perfect! Yes, there is so much beauty to the design for life and God to ultimately be in charge of creating life. Definitely an investment, many moms love it and the company promotes a 98% effectiveness rate. Also, removal is very easy, so if any of these symptoms develop, it can be easily taken out. I noticed that it very much highlights how the none natural methods are not approved so much as the nfp group of methods. With strict editorial sourcing guidelines, we only link to academic research institutions, reputable media sites and, when research is available, medically peer-reviewed studies. Life can change on a dime! In this post you’ll find an overview of what’s available for couples… both conventional and natural options. What are the most effective options for natural birth control? Still contains synthetic progesterone…. In most cases, the pill consists of a combination of progesterone and estrogen, hormones that affect the uterus and ovaries. Each night, set your thermometer by your bedside. Plus, I don’t want to use abortifiants even natural ones. For women who are interested, you can look for an instructor near your area that can meet with you (one-on-one) to teach you the system in a tailored way specific to your reproductive category (breastfeeding, menopause, infertility, etc.) I think this is a fantastic page which allows readers to see all of the options which are available. natural-birth-control-what-other-mamas-are-doing-Mama-Natural. You recently stopped taking birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives. This study followed women who used diaphragms without spermicide continuously, meaning that they only took their diaphragms out during their daily showers to wash them. What are your thoughts on the hormone (estrogen) free form of the pill? The TYPE of vas the doctor performs can determine if there’s pain during or after and if there’s complications. The most common is called a NovaSure. But it does happen to some people… so beware. However, my awesome OBGYN put me on this very low dose of hormones pill. text-align: center; If a woman has sex on any of these three days, she has a 27 to 33 percent chance of becoming pregnant.”. As an adult, I knew that I personally didn’t want a huge family, but I also didn’t want to disrespect my body and it’s natural rhythms and I wanted a method that included both partners. I think Natural Family Planning is an amazing method. I am surprised you don’t include in the copper IUD section that it allows ovulation and conception, just not implantation of the baby into the uterus wall. We use symptoms-based method and it works like a charm! After my next cycle -who knows when it will be- I have to go back to my doctor for tests to make sure I’m ovulating. God knows first and foremost what we can and cannot handle and will not give us too much on our plate. Thank you! Hi Amanda! Good luck to you, mama. NFP doesn’t do violence to the relationship of spouses. Wrong she started going into menopause in her twenties. Want to get it? And we should not have to be told contraception is wrong either. I think that’s beautiful. I think I will sometime! What a treat because I got my period pretty quickly last time, despite EBF as well. I cover a ton of material in this post. Good work! Love your blog, I’m reading it from Sweden (yep we are also many natural mamas here?). when i had my son, we were going to wait a while before having another baby, so i got the mirena. I will look back at post and shift language to address this. It does require some work, but It can be a great solution. But when I got the implant removed, the doctor had some difficulty getting it out because it had gotten into my muscle a bit. For me, I have found that mirena is amazing. This is not good. I have heard that there are some herbals methods for controlling conception. There seems to be very few natural options out there – but it is good to hear that condoms and NFP are working for you. I had a Paraguard IUD inserted after my 3rd baby and got pregnant with it. It would be very helpful. I have to say that I was not happy with it though for 22 mo postpartum while I was nursing because I was irregular, it would only give me about three green lights a month. ? margin: 2.4rem 0; However, I don’t – for example – use elimination communication with my children, even though I know it is far more natural than diapers… and I feel no guilt over that, nor would I be offended when somebody else started that it is more natural than using disposable diapers – because that is just a true statement. Then I tried just condoms and got pregnant unexpectedly, but it was okay. I knew there must be natural condoms out there, but didn’t even know where to begin looking for them. And I was being SUPER careful when I conceived the last one (around day 25 of my cycle). 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